Fairygirl


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Natural pond

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:20

Don't think there's any such thing as duck proof planting! 

Heather - when you say the pond's natural, do you mean the water supply or just that it's a nature/wildlife pond? The water quality will be pretty good in a pond with a natural source of water, a pond with standing water will need oxygenators to help it.

The main things to look out for re the maintenance are keeping debris out - fallen leaves etc, and keeping blanketweed/algae at bay. There's lots of info on these two things on the threads philippa's mentioned. 

If you can take some pix that will help with any advice. Click on the tree icon in the toolbar above the posting window, and follow the instructions  

seeds

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 12:36

Berghill - 'the cook person' 

I have a lovely little wooden box that my daughter made at school which I keep some seeds in, in their paper packs. A tin is good as well, once you've got the seeds dry, and it's a good excuse to buy a tin of biscuits or chocs...not that I'd do that of course....

compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:09

Just turn it anyway gsdff - that's what I do with mine.  You can buy twirly plunger things (sorry not sure of the proper name ) made specifically for the purpose.  It's like a big corkscrew which you push down into the bin, and when you lift it out it mixes all the contents to keep it health and help it rot down quicker. 

You might have been better making it a bit lower so that you can get into it more easily though. Have you got a stepladder? 

Novice needing advice!

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:01

Hi Abbi, I know you're keen to have an evergreen but if you have a big enough frontage on the house you could have two different plants, and you could have a different one for each aspect. For an evergreen,I'd echo obelixx's suggestion of pyracantha - there's a sandstone house near me which has one right up the corner and it's stunning just now - dense and covered in yellow berries. The climbing hydrangea is beautiful and would be happy in that side aspect as BL says - gorgeous flowers and autumn colour.  Don't rule out Virginia creeper either as it's autumn  colour is worth waiting for and if it's an older building, it really enhances it. I know lots of people find it's too  vigorous, but you'll always have some maintenance with climbers on a house wall anyway. 

I personally wouldn't choose honeysuckle because I think it's growth habit means it never looks happy on a wall. Better when it's scrambling over something. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 07:50

Morning all. Lovely pix Liri - Garden Gallery is the place as others have said, and it lets  people see them who don't come on this thread very often. Lovely view of that church  

Yvie - if you can get some outdoor clear sealant, you can use it on the crack on your pot. It'll keep it going for quite a while. Use a plastic pot inside for the plants rather than plant directly into it. You could even try some of the instant grab adhesives available now, although I don't know if there's an outdoor one, or some instant mortar on the inside 

Exciting day fro you OL - hope it goes really well for you both 

Dry again here but cloudy. Still waiting for some rain...anyone got any ? 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 21:19

I do love a buzzard...couldn't eat a whole one ....

It really wasn't funny Liri. Lost a lot of eyelashes, but the health visitor told me a man younger than me had just died from c.pox so I guess I was lucky  

 

 

You must be weary chicky. Feet up. 

That's what I'm doing now. Night all 

 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 20:14

They're lovely pix BL - I particularly like the cyclamen  

I took one of the window in my screen today. I stuck the canna at the back now that it's finished and it was pretty with the sun coming in from the side. Please ignore the messy bit of grass  - it'll be a path by next year.

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P9200002_zps122e095b.jpg

 and the planting by the little pond has it's new gravel. Just needs the pond plants,a top up and a few tweeks  now to set it up for next year 

http://i1331.photobucket.com/albums/w595/fairygirl55/P9200003_zpsdba78263.jpg

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 20:01

Evening all. Been glorious here all day. Think we're getting that Cornish weather here now 

and it's light till later too OL.... Pity you didn't get your pot. 

One of my work colleagues children had H,F and M recently. Mine missed most of these things fortunately, they had chicken pox...which they kindly gave to me  

Been busy but did sit down on the bench for my lunch and a couple of cuppas and watched the three buzzards gliding up above. The robin was busy in the feeder - think he gets annoyed with me when I'm working round there and he can't get in for his snack 

Note to self - not a good idea to keep painting timber right next to the washing...at least it wasn't a white one today 

Beech Hedging

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 19:33

At this time of year you'd normally be able to water a bit less but, as you've only just planted them, you need to make sure they're not going short until they're nicely established. It depends how water retentive your soil is too.  In another month or so there will be enough rain to keep them going so just keep an eye on them for now. 

Bulbs in Pots

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 10:27

Owen 

We had big banks of snowdrops along our boundary at last house . They were happy because it was always damp from the pond run off, so nut's right, just watch those don't get dehydrated.

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